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Bedford, PA

June 26, 2012

Bedford, Pennsylvania

Espy House

One of the things that struck me about Bedford was the history this town has seen.  Espy House (center, above) was built around 1771.  This was George Washington’s headquarters in 1794, during the Whiskey Rebellion.  He was the only president of the U.S. to lead troups into battle.  Many of the buildings and houses date back to the late 1700s and early 1800s.

Just a block off of Route 30, the main street through Bedford, is the Fort Bedford Museum.  The original Fort Bedford was built nearby in 1758 as a supply post for British troops. The village of Bedford grew up around the fort, and became the first county seat west of the Tuscarora Mountains.  For a time it was the county seat for all of western Pennsylvania.

Dunkle’s Gulf Station

An art deco treasure, Dunkle’s Gulf Station was built in 1933.  Sitting in downtown, Bedford, it’s still very much in operation today.

Old Bedford Village

I love it when old buildings are collected together to form a town, even if it’s a pretend town.  Over 40 log and stone structures include houses, barns and shops.

The Biddle House

The Biddle House is one of the oldest structures here.  A docent gave us some wonderful insight into what life must have been like here in the 1700s.  The house boasts a unique double fireplace.

Blacksmith Shop

A working blacksmith shop sits along the main street in Old Bedford Village.  This gentleman started out as a farrier, shoeing horses, then learned the blacksmith trade.  This would have been a terribly hot way to make a living.

Civil War Reenactment

We had been to Native American powwows and pioneer rendezvous, but had never seen a Civil War reenactment.  This was what actually drew us to Bedford.  Fortunately, we managed to arrive in time to watch these folks do their thing.

Art On the Square ~ That’s our booth in the center

Early in the week, we drove out of town and visited the Flight 93 Memorial.  I’ve chronicled that visit in a previous post.  Later in the week, we went downtown to find the Chamber of Commerce.  Instead, we stumbled into the Bedford County Council for the Arts.  Turns out they were having an Art On the Square event that coming weekend.  We chatted with the lady in the office, and by the time we walked out, we had been accepted into the show.

If you have followed us for very long, you know that we carry a complete 10×10 festival booth in the basement storage of the motorhome, along with a good inventory of artwork.  So, we spent this past Saturday and Sunday meeting a lot of nice people, and selling some artwork as well.  You can read a recap of the show here.

We had transmission problems with the Jeep, and ended up replacing the throw-out bearing, pressure plate, and pilot bearing.  We got the Jeep back on Monday afternoon, the day before we got back on the road in the motorhome.

I’ll wrap this up with some shots taken around Bedford:

We liked Bedford.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Steve Sellers permalink
    June 27, 2012 3:12 pm

    Ralph I love “traveling” the country through your words and photos !!

  2. sally sweeney bryenton permalink
    June 27, 2012 9:48 pm

    ooo..what a wonderful place and soo many possibilities for a painting or putting on my list..

    • June 27, 2012 11:57 pm

      Sally, there are tremendous possibilities. I’d like to go back someday and spend a week just painting around town.

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